Dr. Jonathan Afilalo, MD, MSc, FACC, FRCPC
Tenured Associate Professor - Department of Medicine/Cardiology
Director, Geriatric Cardiology Fellowship Program
Dr. Jonathan Afilalo is a cardiologist and researcher at the Jewish General Hospital, and a tenured associate professor at McGill University. He holds a graduate degree in epidemiology from McGill University and level III training in advanced cardiac imaging from Harvard University. His research program is focused on the assessment and treatment of frailty to improve health-related outcomes and successful aging in older adults with cardiovascular disease. He led the first (JACC 2010) and largest (JAMA Cardiology 2016) studies on gait speed in cardiac surgery, and subsequently led the multi-national FRAILTY-AVR study (JACC 2017). He is currently conducting the PERFORM-TAVR trial on home-based exercise and nutrition in frail older adults undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Dr. Afilalo (@FrailtyMD) works with collaborators and trainees from medicine, computer science, biomedical engineering, epidemiology, kinesiology and PT. His team has developed AI-powered software (coreslicer.com) and digital tools (frailtytool.com) to automate measurements of frailty and muscle mass/strength for clinicians. These contributions have been recognized by awards from the Royal College, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and American College of Cardiology. He has also contributed to international guidelines in the fields of echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Afilalo is founding director of Canada’s first fellowship program in Geriatric Cardiology, and co-director of the Jewish General Hospital’s fellowship program in Integrated Cardiac Imaging.
Advanced cardiac imaging
Machine learning / Deep learning